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The Florida Keys are an island archipelago extending from the southeastern tip of the United States' state of Florida. They begin about 15 miles (24 km) south of Miami and extend out toward the southwest and then west toward the Gulf of Mexico and the uninhabited Dry Tortugas islands. Most of the islands making up the Florida Keys are within the Florida Straits, a strait between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. The most populated city in the Florida Keys is Key West and many other areas within the islands are sparsely populated.

Today the total land area of the Florida Keys is 137.3 square miles (356 sq km) and in total there are over 1700 islands in the archipelago. However, very few of these are populated and most are very small. Only 43 of the islands are connected via bridges. In total there are 42 bridges connecting the islands but the Seven Mile Bridge is still the longest.

The highway that goes to sea : The southernmost leg of U.S. 1

The Overseas Highway, sometimes called "the Highway that Goes to Sea," is a modern wonder. It is the "magic carpet" by which visitors from Florida's mainland can cross countless coral and limestone islets through that special world of the Florida Keys.The old bridge is damaged in 1935 and  in late 1970's construction began for new bridge to connect the Florida Keys. This bridge is known as the Seven Mile Bridge and it connects Knights Key in the Middle Keys to Little Duck Key in the Lower.

  • There are 42 bridges connecting the islands of the Florida Keys. 
  • Longest - Seven-mile Bridge, which is 35,716 feet long. 
  • Shortest is Harris Gap, which is only 37 feet long.
  • The Overseas Highway is comprised of 18.8 miles of bridges.
  • Three of the Keys bridges have been named National Historic Sites - old Seven Mile, Bahia Honda and Long Key.

key west attractions

Smathers Beach
Dry Tortugas National Park
Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory
Mallory Square
Glass Bottom Boat Tours
Snorkeling , Sunset Sails, 
Parasailing, Jet Skiing, Dolphin Watching, 

Getting ready for water sports 

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